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Concrete Culvert Cabin Construction?

I am interest to know if anyone has information or knowledge on using Precast Concrete Culverts as the base for a small modular cabin? Being an "off the shelf" (so to speak) product that is cost effective, comes in multiple ...
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24 Apr 18 07:58 PM - By JRS
24 Apr '18 07:58 PM
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Building a 4 bedroom 2 bathroom 225 sqm home using SIPS in Whangarei on a b

Hi, I'm really new to the forums. But have moved back to Whangarei from Auckland (thank god) and am looking to use SIPS as a building material for a new home. Does anyone know any experienced builders that have used ...
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24 Apr 18 08:23 AM - By Womble1
24 Apr '18 08:23 AM
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DiySpray foam insulation

Hey everyone we are currently renovating a 1960 classic kiwi beach house/batch to suit modern living. With winter approaching far to quickly we desperatly need some insualtion! We have linings off currently and i want to spray foam as much ...
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11 Apr 18 07:30 AM - By Dys
11 Apr '18 07:30 AM
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Remove and rebuild

Hi guys My wife and i currently own a property in Tauranga, built in the 1980s that needs a fair bit of money thrown at it to get it upto an acceptable standard. The house is only 130sqm bit sits on ...
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05 Apr 18 12:50 PM - By MelloP
05 Apr '18 12:50 PM
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Heating and heat transfer options

Hi there Am building a home in Auckland. I am having polished concrete floors downstairs (open plan living) and wondering if anyone has lived with polished conc floors without inslab heating (in Auckland) and if they liked it or hated ...
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27 Mar 18 09:57 AM - By Ng
27 Mar '18 09:57 AM
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we want to build a cheap house ourselves

I have just bought 7 hectres of land in Kaiwaka New Zealand, with half of it in covented bush. I am trying to get info and ideas on what type of house we could build that is cheap to ...
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25 Mar 18 04:01 PM - By Charlew
25 Mar '18 04:01 PM
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Underfloor heating

Wondering roughly how much it would be to install a heat source to supply our underfloor heating system? The owners who built it originally got it all piped but never got the heat source installed and we are thinking about getting ...
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19 Mar 18 12:02 AM - By Tofu
19 Mar '18 12:02 AM
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thermosiphoning solar water.

Hi I'm hoping someone can cast some light on this topic for me. I would like to put some tubes basically out in the garden down a bank a bit and thermosiphon to my cylinder indoors. There will be about three ...
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16 Mar 18 04:04 PM - By Solar Mike
16 Mar '18 04:04 PM
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uPVC window Architectural recommendations?

Can anyone recommend good uPVC windows supplier in NZ? Im after something that has good spans/sizes for architectural house designs some seem to be limited to 2.1m high would prefer a suite that can do at least 2.7m high able to be placed ...
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14 Mar 18 12:50 PM - By steveJ
14 Mar '18 12:50 PM
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Advice on building on rural bare land

Hi, I've never done this before and I'm trying to learn. I'm in the process of buying a rural block. It has a geotech survey with no obvious issues. We are planning on putting a custom modular home from a reputable company on ...
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12 Mar 18 07:13 PM - By nziancollins
12 Mar '18 07:13 PM
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Swimming Pool: solar v heat pump

We are looking to install a swimming pool (10m*4m*1.5 average depth) at our Auckland house and I’m trying to decide on solar or a heat pump. We are fortunate to have a large north facing and unobstructed roof adjacent ...
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12 Mar 18 02:47 PM - By George e boy
12 Mar '18 02:47 PM
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Does this beam do anything important?

I found the end of a beam in my roof which is next to the trapdoor and impeding access to the rest of the roof space. It doesn't seem to have any purpose so I want to cut off the ...
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12 Mar 18 11:30 AM - By argib
12 Mar '18 11:30 AM
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Airdon Closure

From my Inbox this morning: "To whom it may concern The Directors of ARIDON Ltd regret to advise that ARIDON Ltd is unable to complete any further ARIDON® SMART WALL installation work and is ceasing trading. This means that the ARIDON® ...
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08 Mar 18 01:27 PM - By SBQ
08 Mar '18 01:27 PM
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Marshall Water Heater

I've just got hold of a marshall solid fuel hot water heater. Anyone plumbed one of these in? There are a bunch of connections but no instructions. I called Marshall today, but no one about. Thanks Dave
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24 Feb 18 05:41 PM - By CKB
24 Feb '18 05:41 PM
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HRV or something else?

Hi, it's an old topic I know, but I can't find recent forums and was hoping to start this up again, with updated info from users on this hot topic....we are looking at installing an HRV system. I liked the ...
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20 Feb 18 11:07 PM - By SBQ
20 Feb '18 11:07 PM
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Help retrofitting external wall insulation

Hi all I have a house from the ~1940's and want to put external wall insulation in. I've heard some differing opinions on methods, and I want to do it right the first time. I will be doing it from inside. ...
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15 Feb 18 09:46 AM - By Nuzzie
15 Feb '18 09:46 AM
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Natural Flow Systems, any experiences good or bad?

We are relocating a house onto a 5 acre section and need to get a septic system fitted. We want to be as sustainable as possible so definately don't want a powered system, and ideally want to our grey water ...
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14 Feb 18 08:16 PM - By MrCat
14 Feb '18 08:16 PM
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UK bricklayer

Hi all. I'm relatively new over here and trying to get to get to grips with how things are done! A lot of my work in the uk was plastering ie rendering and skimming, which doesn't seem to happen here ...
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13 Feb 18 11:24 AM - By Welsh brickie
13 Feb '18 11:24 AM
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Enclosing a veranda. Can it be classed as a bedroom?

Hi all, first post. If I have a veranda, I'm aware it can be enclosed without needing consent. My question is, can this be used as a bedroom, as internal walls, doors, fixtures etc also do not need consent. Can't ...
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09 Feb 18 05:39 PM - By Josephevanrussell
09 Feb '18 05:39 PM
By Josephevanrussell
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Magroc Insulfound (Magnesium oxide board) Issues: Rotting, Decaying etc

Hi, I have Magroc Insulfound on my foundation slab. The slab has been down for a few months now as I have a delay in getting onto the framing. The Magroc Insulfound has well and truly rotted away. Has anyone else ...
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30 Jan 18 10:00 PM - By rm3
30 Jan '18 10:00 PM
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Home heating & insulation options - Canterbury

Hi there We are building a 245m2 single storey home in inland Waimakariri region (temperature range -7 to 30ish). We have young kids so good heating/insulation is a priority within our budget Key features of house: Open living with polished concrete floors, north facing ...
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24 Jan 18 10:04 PM - By SBQ
24 Jan '18 10:04 PM
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Hot water heat pump calculations

Hi All, I have just purchased a hot water heat pump from aquafire. Originally the model was a 'matchbox' (5.8kw) but since then we've been looking at a 'super matchbox unit (8 kw output). What I want do is install an underfloor heating ...
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22 Jan 18 01:52 PM - By JeffKing
22 Jan '18 01:52 PM
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Timber Framed windows painted black?

Hi there wondering if anyone has had experience with modern timber windows being painted black? Will be lots of north and western sun exposure and concerned that the darker colour might exacerbate weathering/warping over time but not sure if this ...
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18 Jan 18 09:48 PM - By SBQ
18 Jan '18 09:48 PM
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Azzuro Solar Hot Water Systems

In March 2007 we had to replace our aging hot water cylinder and decided to take the opportunity to install a solar hot water system. After exploring the options, we followed the path to install an Azzuro system with ...
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13 Jan 18 08:26 PM - By Nosivad
13 Jan '18 08:26 PM
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Pukeko Hollow

hi i am really interested in viewing your property. I am a housing coordinator and wish to learn more about straw bale. if there is any chance that i can view and talk more about your house please ...
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11 Jan 18 01:15 PM - By Clee
11 Jan '18 01:15 PM
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